School Closure Update

Friday, March 13, 2020

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is committed to protecting the public health of our community. We recognize that with the closure of schools and the cancellation of events comes feelings of disappointment and frustration for students, staff, and families. We thank you for your cooperation in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus in our community, and we hope you will take advantage of opportunities to engage in enriching learning experiences with your children during this time.

Keep Learning @ WCPS!

WCPS is pleased to provide students and families access to a wide variety of digital and downloadable resources to continue learning. Students have access to their textbooks, subscription content, standardized apps, interactive e-books, and other projects at Keep Learning @ WCPS.

These learning resources serve as an extension to the classroom and enhance the learning experiences of the student. Activities will not be collected or graded.

For our families without internet access and for our youngest learners who have not been assigned technology, books and other supplemental resources were provided at school on Friday, March 13 to support reading.

In addition, students may continue to work on classroom assignments provided by teachers prior to school closures.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to explore our extensive digital library and to read!

Activities and Events Cancelled

All athletic, extra-curricular, and inter-curricular events are cancelled during the emergency closure. This means formal and informal choral, band, orchestra, and theater practices and assessments, as well as formal and informal athletic practices and competitions will not and can not be held through Sunday, March 29.

The final WCPS-sanctioned event will be the administration of the SAT at Williamsport High and South High on Saturday, March 14. Staff will disinfect and sanitize the rooms in advance of student arrival.

WCPS Schools and Facilities Closed

WCPS schools and facilities are closed to students and the general community. This includes athletic fields, running tracks, tennis courts, and green spaces.

The Center for Education Services (CES) remains open. However, for the health and well-being of our staff working, please do not visit in person if you are sick.

Meals for Students

Starting Tuesday, March 17 WCPS is providing meals to students free of charge at summer meal sites. Meals will be provided weekdays from noon - 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Pangborn Elementary*

195 Pangborn Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Salem Ave. Elementary*

1323 Salem Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Bester Elementary*

385 Mill St. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Hancock Middle/High*

289 W. Main St. Hancock, MD 21750

Children in Need*

131 W. North Ave. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Otterbein Church

108 E. Franklin St. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Cortland Manor

12806 Little Elliott Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21742

Noland Village

1048 Noland Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21740

Valley Meadows Townhomes

11201 Scarlett Oak Dr. Hagerstown, MD 21740

*These sites will also offer breakfast from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. starting Tuesday, March 17.

Make-up Days

At this time, the Maryland State Department of Education has not provided any specific details about how the days missed will be made up. Because of this, WCPS has not determined whether scheduled days off for students, like spring break, will be used as make-up days, and/or if the school year will be extended.

We will share more information when we have clear answers on the subject, hopefully early next week.